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    17 Things To Do In London If You Just Fucking Love Flowers

    Celebrate the last days of spring.

    1. Edible roses at Dominique Ansel.

    2. British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection at Kew Gardens.

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    Botanicals are great. They're super pretty to look at, and they go in gin, everyone's favourite tipple. And now there's a huge collection of British botanical illustrations on exhibition at Kew Gardens. There's fritillaries! There's cowslips! There's lapageria! Wordsworth would have a field day.

    Price: exhibition is included with entry to Kew Gardens, which is £14

    When: on until 17th September

    Book here

    3. Cherry blossoms and cocktails at Shochu.

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    If you've the kind of person that likes to drink *dramatically*, I've got the place for you. Shochu has put up a huge, gorgeous, riotously pink cherry blossom installation in their underground bar. There's also a Sakura-season inspired drinks menu with Japanese whisky cocktails. So you can enjoy your hard liquor reclined in the kind of setting the most bougie of Russian tsarinas couldn't sniff at.

    Price: cocktails are £11.50 each

    When: until 7th June

    Book here

    4. Floral patisserie at Bluebird.


    To this day, Maitre Choux eclairs are the fanciest eclairs I have ever eaten. If you feel the same way, Bluebird's limited edition floral afternoon tea is for you. There's bespoke Maitre Choux eclairs included alongside all manner of other delicious floral-themed treats. Plus the restaurant has been decked out in flowers for full effect.

    Price: £28.50

    When: until 28th May

    Book here

    5. Jo Loves fragrance cocktails at Bluebird.

    6. A floral tipple at The Chop House.

    7. Spring Blossom Afternoon Tea at Chino Latino.

    8. The Paris In Bloom Terrace at Orrery.

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    If you can't get enough flowers in your life, why not try eating them? Consume their flower-y goodness. Let them become one with you. Eat the flower, BE THE FLOWER. Ahem. Orrery is a fine dining French restaurant who have just put a few floral-inspired dishes on the menu, like marinated goat cheese with baby artichokes, beetroot, fennel and orange salad and pavé of salmon with caramelised fennel. FYI, I went to Orrery for a birthday dinner years ago and have been a longtime fan of their food ever since – £30 for three courses and a drink is a STEAL.

    Price: three courses and a glass of bubbles for £30, floral cocktails are £6 each between 6 and 8pm

    When: Open from 25th May

    Book here

    9. Belsazar Botanical Garden at Old Bengal Bar.

    Summer is a time of rooftop terraces, drinking and flowers, and this is a perfect amalgamation of all those things. Experience summer nirvana at the new botanical garden at Old Bengal Bar, aka their rooftop terrace that's been newly filled with flowers. They also have a floral cocktail menu, which includes, I kid you not, frosé, aka PINK WINE SLUSHIES.

    Price: cocktails from £10, but each cocktail will be available for £6.50 Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm and Thursday from 5pm to close

    When: indefinitely

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    10. Terrace in Bloom at Aster.

    11. Do a self guided walk through Chelsea.

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    There are two great self-guided, free walks available online for Chelsea, a historic one and a literary one. Sure, you could walk through Chelsea anytime, but right now it's particularly lovely – tons of the shops, hotels and restaurants are decked out with flowers for the Chelsea in Bloom competition and art show. You can take in some sunshine, some history and vote for your favourite installation here.

    Price: free

    When: anytime, but best to do it before the flowers get taken down at the end of this month

    12. Cakes at Peggy Porschen.

    13. Drinks under the cherry tree at German Gymnasium.

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    This German-European bar has erected a giant cherry tree smack bang in the middle of the space, and are serving beautiful floral champagne cocktails underneath it. Think rose-infused vodka, rose jam and dry rose buds topped with bubbles and elderflower and peach bellinis. This is the lifestyle I have always wanted to lead. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when this is over.

    Price: £6.50 5 to 6pm on Monday and Tuesdays, otherwise £10.50

    When: until the end of May

    Book here

    14. A flower arranging workshop at London Flower School.

    The London Flower School is newly opened this year, and headed up by some big names in floristry (yes, I keep abreast of the floristry world), like former McQueens head tutor, Wagner Kreusch. Their short courses are super legit, and you can learn how to put together stunning hand-tied bouquets or bouquets inspired by art. Heads up, they're not cheap at £250 a pop – if you want a budget version, the Flower Appreciation Society's workshops start from £45 and are also very good.

    Price: £250 per person

    Dates: various

    Book here

    15. A One Part Plant meal at Coq d'Argent.

    16. Sit under the flowers at Angler.

    17. Visit the Chelsea Flower Show.

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